McLAUGHLIN’S HUNT FOR POLE HISTORY

McLaughlin celebrates his success at Hidden Valley in 2019. He's rapidly clocking up the pole position records ... Photo: Supplied/Shell V-Power Racing Team.

VIRGIN Australia Supercars Championship leader Scott McLaughlin has been breaking plenty of records and threatening lots of others over the course of the last few years.

But this weekend in Darwin he is eyeing off a chance to equal a very unique record – one he already owns!

The Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang pilot has taken the last five pole positions in a row at Hidden Valley in Darwin (two in 2019 and three last weekend), giving him the chance to tie the record for the most pole positions in a row at the one circuit in the history of the ATCC/Supercars Championship.

The Kiwi set the mark last year when he took his eighth straight pole at Phillip Island and he also holds the second-best mark on the all-time list with a streak of six straight poles at Queensland Raceway.

Scott McLaughlin at Hidden Valley in 2019. Photo: Supplied/Shell V-Power Racing Team.

Both of those circuits aren’t on the 2020 championship calendar, however there’s been some speculation of the potential for a Queensland Raceway event to be added in September.

Either way, McLaughlin could match the record this weekend in Darwin or move himself up the all-time list to claim the three best streaks by circuit.

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The current top five best streaks in championship history for poles by circuit are:

POLESDRIVERTRACKLAST POLE THERE
8Scott McLaughlinPhillip Island2019
6Scott McLaughlinQueensland Raceway2019
5Marcos AmbroseQueensland Raceway2005
5Peter BrockSurfers Paradise1981
5Scott McLaughlinHidden Valley2020

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.